Manual to Labor in Big East

On the final day of the Fall signing period, Carbondale (IL) High Forward Manual Cass has made his decision on which university he will study at and pursue his collegiate basketball future. This gem has been overlooked and is now ready to shine. In this report, WeAreDePaul.com will tell you all of the details of Cass' decision and his future plans.

According to TLC Titans AAU coach Aaron Lee and Carbondale High assistant coach Mike Butler, the 6-7 senior forward from Carbondale will attend DePaul University next year. He joins Bolingbrook guard Will Walker in the Class of 2006 for Coach Jerry Wainwright's first recruiting class at DePaul.

Cass averaged 16 points and six rebounds a game last year for the Terriers. DePaul coaches noticed him as he played on the summer AAU circuit with Larry Butler's Illinois Warriors.

In the last month, Cass took official visits to Bradley, DePaul, and Iowa. Manual was at DePaul the weekend of November 5th for the Blue Demons exhibition game vs. St. Edward's (TX).

TLC Titans AAU coach Aaron Lee is Cass' mentor and has guided him through the recruiting process. "He was excited about the visit," said Lee. "The Big East is a really great conference with the addition of the five new teams. He likes DePaul. He's very impressed with DePaul and the new head coach, and the team had an opportunity to spend some time with him over the course of the weekend."

Overall Cass enjoyed the visit. "It was pretty nice, I liked the atmosphere," said Cass. "Very nice people." Manual's host on the visit was Blue Demon big man Lorenzo Thompson.

Wainwright followed up with a visit to Carbondale on Sunday, November 13th to meet with Cass' family and seal the deal.

Cass liked what DePaul had to offer academically as well. "He's very gifted in art," Lee stated. "He's interested in art and computers. He may combine the two and study computer graphics and animation."

Cass appeared glad to get this decision behind him. "I'm pretty happy with the decision," said Manual. "I feel very, very, happy and relieved. This recruiting thing is stressful."

So why did Cass chose DePaul? "The atmosphere, it's on the outskirts of downtown, I like that," said Cass. "The academics are pretty good. I feel comfortable with the people I was around while I was up there. Plus, it's in the Big East, the conference play is pretty good."

Recently, Cass had also been receiving interest from Baylor, Indiana State, USC, and Xavier.

Cass has been rated as among the top five players in the state of Illinois by several recruiting services.

In a related note, last week Cass' former Carbondale teammate - Josh Tabb committed to the Tennessee Volunteers for next year.

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